Bangladesh arrests factory bosses over deadly blaze
ReutersDHAKA -- Bangladesh police has detained the chairman and managing director of a garment factory after a fire killed seven workers, police said on Wednesday, following allegations that the plant employed underage workers and had no license to run.
January 31, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
The fire at the Smart Exports Garment Ltd. in the capital Dhaka on Saturday came just two months after the country's worst factory blaze turned the spotlight on the conditions in the garment sector. At least 112 people died in that fire in another part of the city.
The arrests were made on Tuesday night after the father of one of the victims filed a complaint alleging negligence, said police deputy commissioner Mollah Nazrul Islam.
“Survivors said the factory's only exit was locked when the fire started during lunch break and there was no emergency exit or any fire equipments in the two-story building,” Islam said.